A major scientific conference on European research into Xylella fastidiosa is to be held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from 13-15 November 2017. The conference is being organised jointly by EFSA, the University of the Balearic Islands, the Euphresco network for phytosanitary research coordination and funding, and the EU Horizon 2020 projects POnTE and XF-ACTORS.
The event will provide a platform for in-depth discussion on the results of research into X. fastidiosa and its vectors, in support of on-going efforts to control the European outbreaks. As well as speakers and participants from Europe, the conference will be attended by scientific experts from other parts of the world – such as Brazil and the United States – where X. fastidiosa has been present for many years.
The recent detection of X. fastidiosa in Italy, France and Spain represents an important change in the geographical distribution of this dangerous plant pathogen, which now poses a serious threat to the agriculture and environment of Europe and the Mediterranean region.
This year’s conference follows the workshop “Xylella fastidiosa: knowledge gaps and research priorities for the EU” that was organised in 2015 by EFSA and the European Commission’s Directorates-General for Research and Innovation, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Health and Food Safety. Further annual conferences are envisaged to help meet a request from the European Commission for regular scientific updates on research into X. fastidiosa.
The principal issues to be discussed include:
- X. fastidiosa: biology, genetics and taxonomy.
- Control strategies, disease management and mitigation measures.
The main focus will be on the situation in Europe.
Who should attend
The conference is dedicated to the presentation and discussion of results of European research projects on X. fastidiosa and its vectors. Presentations should cover final results of research projects, as well as negative findings and intermediate results.
Priority for participation will be given to those already involved in research on X. fastidiosa, or who are embarking on new research into the topic. Risk assessors, risk managers and stakeholders will also be important contributors to the discussion.
The conference will be web-streamed and recorded and its proceedings published.
Call for abstracts and young researchers’ initiative
If you would like to make an oral presentation or to present a poster at the conference, please submit an abstract here. The deadline for submission has been extended to 31 May 2017; confirmation of acceptance will be sent from mid-June.
To encourage the participation of early-career researchers in the conference, EFSA is offering to make a financial contribution to the travel and accommodation costs of selected participants. Depending on funding available, around 10 early-career researchers can receive pre-paid economy-class flight tickets and accommodation; at least 80% of the available funding will be awarded to early-career researchers affiliated to universities/institutes in EU Member States.
Early-career researchers interested in the initiative are invited to submit abstracts for the poster or oral session by 31 May.
To be considered for this contribution, early-career researchers must:
- have their abstract selected by EFSA for oral presentation or the poster session;
- be below 40 years old at the time of the conference;
- be affiliated with a public institute or higher education institute;
- not be in receipt of other financial support to cover travel and accommodation costs related to attendance at the conference.
Registration and logistics
Further details on the venue, programme and how to register will be published shortly on this page and shared through the @Plants_EFSA Twitter account.
If you have any questions please contact xylella_conference_2017 [at] efsa.europa.eu